CERME Guidelines for
Review of Papers and Posters
The CERME8 Paper Review Form can be downloaded from here. Make a copy and use it for all your Working Group paper reviews. The following rules apply to all types of paper submissions (for poster proposals, see later in this document).
- Papers should be about research, significantly related to mathematics and to education, and conform to the aims of CERME (see the General Information on the website). They should be original: i.e., not have been published previously. Contributions need not be limited to completed research. Ongoing studies may be submitted, provided that theoretical framework and preliminary results are provided in the text submitted. Papers should be concise (maximum 10 pages in the specified format), but must contain all information necessary to inform both reviewers and other researchers. Two types of papers are suitable for CERME: (A) Reports of studies (involving empirical or developmental research) and (B) Theoretical and philosophical essays.
- To be accepted, papers should meet the review criteria set out below.
- Authors are requested to refer to related research presented at previous CERME conferences, as well as other relevant published research. The authors should state what is new in their paper and how it builds on past research, or goes in new directions. Proposals too similar to papers previously presented at international conferences cannot be accepted. Proposals that represent new and significant contributions to research in any aspect of mathematics education are especially welcome.
- Each participant may propose only ONE paper, although a group of authors may propose several papers, each one to be attributed to a different person attending the conference (whose name must be underlined in the paper). A participant or group of participants is allowed to propose a poster in addition to a paper (the name of the presenter must be underlined in the poster proposal; the presenter must be a person attending the conference). Each person can have her/his name underlined at most in one paper and in one poster proposal.
- Papers accepted for discussion in any group may be considered also for inclusion in the post-conference proceedings. See below for further details.
- The format of submitted papers must be as specified in the Guidelines for Authors. Papers not using this format in full will not be accepted.
Criteria for review of submitted papers
Papers should be;
- relevant to the theme of the Working Group, and
- likely to be of interest to the participants in that Working Group.
Reviewers are asked to comment on the following aspects of submitted papers:
Reports of Studies (Empirical or Developmental)
Surveys, observational, ethnographic, experimental or quasi-experimental studies, case studies are all suitable. Papers should contain at least the following:
- a statement about the focus of the paper;
- an indication of the theoretical framework of the study reported, including references to the related literature;
- an indication of and justification for the methodology used (including problem, goals and/or research questions; criteria for the selection of participants or sampling; data collection instruments and procedures);
- final remarks or conclusions.
Theoretical and Philosophical Essays
These should include at least the following:
- a statement about the focus of the paper;
- an indication of the theoretical or philosophical framework within which the focus or theme of the paper is developed;
- reference to related literature;
- a clearly articulated statement of the author's position on the focus or theme; and
- implications for the existing research in the area.
Presentation and Publication
Reviewers will make a clear recommendation on each paper from three points of view:
- Its suitability for 'presentation'** at the conference, possibly with modification.
- Its suitability for a presentation as a poster (if the paper is not accepted for presentation).
- Its suitability for publication in the post-conference proceedings, possibly with modification.
**Papers accepted for presentation in the conference but not for publication should remain the exception. Note that all accepted papers will be made available to group members on the CERME website prior to the conference. This process constitutes the paper presentation as a preliminary to its consideration within the relevant Thematic Working Group at the conference.
The following rules apply to poster proposals.
- Poster Presentations are suggested for those whose work is more suitably communicated in a pictorial or graphical format or demonstration, rather than through a traditional written text. A time will be allotted within the conference, during which presenters will be available at their posters for informal discussion with conference participants. Your two-page poster proposal should indicate the intended content of the poster, and also how the information will be presented in a pictorial or graphical format.
- Posters should be about research, significantly related to mathematics and to education, and conform to the aims of CERME (see the General Information on the website). They must relate to one of the 17 Thematic Working Groups of CERME8.
- The format of poster proposals must be as specified in the Guidelines for Authors. Proposals not using this format in full will not be accepted.
- Each participant may propose only ONE poster, although a group of authors may propose several posters, each one to be attributed to a different person attending the conference (whose name must be underlined in the paper). A participant or group of participants is allowed to propose a paper in addition to a poster proposal (the name of the author must be underlined in the poster proposal; the author must be a person attending the conference). Each person can have her/his name underlined at most in one paper and in one poster proposal.
Criteria for review of poster proposals
Group leaders will make their decisions about acceptance or rejection on the following aspects of submitted poster proposals:
- a statement about the focus of the poster;
- an indication of the theoretical framework of the study reported;
- an indication of and justification for its content;
- a statement about the format chosen by the author for the poster;
- possible implications for the existing research in the area.